Ernest 'Bill' Pfluger, 91Ernest William Pfluger, aka Bill, age 91, of Hammond, formerly of Hudson, died peacefully at his home Sunday, Feb. 12.
Ernest William Pfluger, aka Bill, age 91, of Hammond, formerly of Hudson, died peacefully at his home Sunday, Feb. 12.
Bill was born to Everett and Laura (Carlsen) Pfluger on July 31, 1920, in Trenton Township, Pierce County, Wis. They lived on family farms while Bill attended Spring Grove and Plainview country schools. Bill stayed on the farm and would work for neighbors such as the Hupperts. In 1940, he worked for S.B. Foote Tannery in Red Wing before enlisting in the Armed Forces where he proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Upon his honorable discharge, they lived in the house that Mildred bought with money she earned while working the shipyard in California while Bill was off to war. In July 1949, Bill went to work in Hudson for Nick Wichser Plumbing. They moved to Hudson where Bill worked as a plumber. Bill received his master license in plumbing and took over the business following Nick's death. In November 1972, they bought a cabin at Lake Magnor, which became home away from home. They would move from North Hudson to Hammond in 1985.
Bill had many great years of fishing in Canada, deer hunting over 60 years, snowmobiling with his grandkids, and fishing on Lake Magnor on his water bike. He enjoyed his travels to the Grand Canyon, Colorado River, Hoover Dam, and the Petrified Forest, and many points in between. Furthermore, he also enjoyed his time as a volunteer firefighter in Hudson for 25 years, lifetime member of the Hudson VFW, and the plumbers apprenticeship committee.
Bill will remain in the hearts of his children, William (Cynthia) Pfluger of Sarona, Wis., Trudy (Steve) Achterhof of Hammond; grandchildren, William Jr. of Shell Lake, Scott of Bloomington, Heidi of California; great-grandchildren, Emily, Ashley, Jaci (Seth); great-great-grandchild Jordan; and sister Sylvia Wolf of River Falls.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mildred; brother, Leland; sisters Verna Jennings and Lois Waltz.
Funeral service for Bill will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Bethel Lutheran Highlands Church in Hudson. Burial will be in the Hammond Cemetery with casketbearers being Jim Jennings, Ron Wolf, Nick Waltz, Don Frazier, Roger Evenson, and Keith Koran. The Hudson VFW and American Legion will provide full military honors. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Baldwin and 1 hour prior to the service at Highlands on Thursday. Memorials are preferred.
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